Re: Scope Magnification for LRH
I voted 17-25 but I need to qualify that a bit. My mid range rifle is a .25/06 with a straight 10x (MK4) the rifle/load combo is good for 650 yards on the game I hunt and the 10X is fine for that. My long range hunter is a .264WM and wears another MK4 in 4.5-14 the last rifle is a 7MM Mashburn Super, long range rock crusher and it will sport a 4-20 Minox as soon as it gets back from Minox, (minor issue).
Since the 20X is the most magnification I use that's how I voted, in reality I use less power more often. As a new long range shooter I'm still extending my range and upgrading my rifles so the above scopes work for me. I don't care so much about the low end magnification, for years I hunted deer here in Missouri with a straight 6X and it was fine. As long a scope is well mounted I'm looking through it as soon as it comes to my shoulder and it's as quick to the shot as a 2X for me.